Monday, March 21, 2016

Cinnamon Cardamom Granola

When you hear the word antioxidant, what image comes to mind? A bowl of blueberries, a chunk of dark chocolate, or a carafe of red wine? Well, that's not surprising as they are often cited for their antioxidant prowess. However, if you depend on two of the three for disease fighting nutrients, you risk becoming overweight and tipsy! 


Thankfully, there are plenty of other antioxidant-rich options to choose from including my favorite, spices. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, herbs and spices have the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food group. Cloves, peppermint, allspice, and cinnamon top the list. 

I add spices to everyday fare including hot tea, salad dressings, and smoothies. The low-calorie nuggets help me  create a nutrient-rich layer of flavor. If you're looking for simple ways to consume antioxidants and bring more pleasure to the table, why not sprinkle in some spice? 

CINNAMON CARDAMOM GRANOLA

Makes 8 cups

INGREDIENTS

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw almonds, cut in half 
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconuts
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sunflower oil, plus some for greasing
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins

INSTRUCTIONS



Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Cover the foil with a thin layer of oil.

Toss the oatmeal, almonds, shredded coconut, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl.


Place the honey, brown sugar, oil, and molasses in a small  saucepan. Stir to combine. Heat on low heat until the brown sugar melts, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla, and whisk together.

Pour the honey syrup over the dry ingredients. Stir together to coat the dry ingredients completely.


Spread the mixture in a single layer on the greased foil.


Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool and break into 1/2 inch chunks.


Mix in the raisins.


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